ECAD MCAD Co-Design with PADS Professional
PADS Professional provides powerful ECAD/MCAD CoDesign functionality that is easy to use and saves significant time. It allows the mechanical engineer and the electrical engineer to work in their familiar authoring tools, while also allowing the easy sharing of data between those tool environments. PADS Professional MCAD Collaborator works with any MCAD tool that supports the industry-standard IDX interface.
The flow is very simple and effective. The Mechanical Engineer starts the design by creating the board outline, inserting mounting holes, and placing critical components, such as connectors, heat sinks, and other large mechanical structures. In the meantime, the Electrical Engineer is working on the schematic. When the Electrical Engineer is ready to start placing components, he opens the 3D environment in PADS Professional and activates the MCAD Co-Design feature. The Electrical Engineer can now begin placing components in the familiar 2D environment. Rooms of components that were grouped together in the schematic can be dragged together onto the PCB.
Opening a 3D tab inside of PADS Professional will show the board in full 3D. Components that were used in previous designs will already have 3D models assigned to them. STEP models may be downloaded from a vendor’s website and are also available from numerous free content providers. In addition, the Mechanical Engineer provides STEP models, created within his MCAD environment, for all mechanical components and piece parts like screws, stand-offs, brackets, and heatsinks.
ECAD-MCAD CoDesign in PADS Professional